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Shannon Abelson

Name: Shannon Abelson

Office: SY 0021
Email: abelson at

Sarah Adams

Name: Sarah Adams

Office: SY 0021
Email: adamssn at

Originally from North Carolina, Sarah graduated from Davidson College with a BA in Philosophy in 2010 and began her studies at Indiana University in the fall of 2011.  Her philosophical work focuses on Schopenhauer, environmental philosophy, feminist ethics, and gender studies.  Her dissertation addresses the potential solutions Schopenhauerian ethics and metaphysics can lend to problems in environmental ethics.

Autumn Averitt

Name: Autumn Averitt

Office: SY 0021
Email: aaveritt at

I received my B.A. in philosophy from Baylor University in 2014. My interests are varied, but mostly hover around what I find central to understanding human nature. Thus far, philosophy of mind, free will, and metaethics dominate my attention. When avoiding the various existential crises imminent in further philosophizing, I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and climbing.

Dylan Black

Name: Dylan Black

Office: SY 0023
Email: dylblack at

I have a BA in philosophy from the University of Kansas and an MA in philosophy from Northern Illinois University. I have interests in epistemology, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of biology. Specifically, I’m interested in the epistemic normativity of assertion and the biological distinction between selection for and selection of.

Susan Blake

Name: Susan Blake

Office: SY 009
Email: blakes at

My dissertation lies at the crossroads of epistemology and philosophy of language. (Here be dragons!) Specifically, I am investigating the implications of anti-individualism and belief-content externalism for epistemic theories of perception. Most interesting to me are questions about the goodness of reasons—what makes perception good grounds for belief? I argue that neither internalist nor externalist accounts of why perception is good grounds for belief can answer that question without relying on the person’s access to her own states (i.e., without rejecting access internalism). This result renders both internalist and externalist forms of foundationalism implausible.

I read classical Chinese, and have major research interests in Chinese philosophy, mainly in the Daoist tradition (both 道家and 道教) and in defending Mohism from the scurrilous attacks of the Ruists.

In my copious spare time, I enjoy collecting mushrooms, doing diagramless and cryptic crosswords, reading fiction of dubious literary merit, and training ineffectually for triathlons.

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Daniel Buckley

Name: Daniel Buckley

Office: SY 0017
Email: dsbuckle at

Dan holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Elizabethtown College and a master's degree in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University. Primary interests: ethics and epistemology. Secondary interests: history of analytic philosophy, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, logic, history of modern philosophy, and pragmatism.

Emmalon Davis

Name: Emmalon Davis

Office: SY 009
Email: davisemm at

Thomas Decker

Name: Thomas Decker

Office: SY 013
Email: thedecke at

Logan Douglass

Name: Logan Douglass

Office: SY 0019
Email: logadoug at

Michael Elmer

Name: Michael Elmer

Office: SY 0017
Email: micelmer at

Uri Eran

Name: Uri Eran

Office: SY 0017
Email: urieran at

I am primarily interested in Kant's practical philosophy, and in the relation between moral and political philosophy. I also have interests in moral psychology and motivation, and in Ancient ethics. When too tired to philosophize, I like to play and listen to music.

Tristan Ferrell

Name: Tristan Ferrell

Office: SY 013

Principal areas of interest: ethics, philosophy of mind and action, epistemology, psychoanalysis. Figures of interest: Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Freud, Anscombe, McDowell.

David Fisher

Name: David Fisher

Office: SY 013
Email: dffisher at

I have a BA in philosophy from the University of Vermont and an MS in math from George Mason University. The following quote by Achille Varzi (given in a different context) aptly describes my research priorities: "Metaphysics comes first, as long as logic is already there."

Josh Hieronymus

Name: Josh Hieronymus

Email: jhierony at

Josh Hieronymus received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 2007. His main areas of interest are metaphysics and logic, with a particular focus on the topics of material ontology, properties, and causation.

Noam Hoffer

Name: Noam Hoffer

Email: yhoffer at

I was born in Haifa, Israel. That was a long time ago. Later I moved to Tel-Aviv where I worked as a programmer and studied philosophy, earning a B.A. and an M.A. from Tel-Aviv University. My philosophical interests are diverse and include Kant's ethics, Kant's aesthetics and Kant's philosophy of religion. Additionally I like ordinary language philosophy. Since I moved to Bloomington my hobbies were limited to reading political blogs and gadgets news, refined TV and Mario Kart Wii.

Hao Hong

Name: Hao Hong

Office: SY 0025
Email: haohong at

Hao received his BA in philosophy and economics, and MA in philosophy, from Peking University, Beijing, China. He began his studies at IU in the fall of 2010. Hao's philosophy interests include metaphysics (truthmakers, modality, fundamentality, properties, metametaphysics, etc.) and epistemology (the relation between warrant and truth, epistemic luck, testimony, disagreement, etc.). He also finds in himself an increasing interest in the history of analytic philosophy (Carnap, Quine, Davidson, etc.).

Outside of philosophy, Hao enjoys watching football, playing basketball, reading gossip, playing video games, and consuming steaks, espresso, and beer.

Katja Kaelin

Name: Katja Kaelin

Office: SY 0021
Email: kakaelin at

Suzanne Kawamleh

Name: Suzanne Kawamleh

Office: SY 0021
Email: skawamle at

Mary-Mariam Kennedy

Name: Mary-Mariam Kennedy

Office: SY 0021

Tufan Kiymaz

Name: Tufan Kiymaz

Office: SY 0023
Email: tkiymaz at

Tim Leisz

Name: Tim Leisz

Email: twleisz at

Daniel Lindquist

Name: Daniel Lindquist

Email: danlindq at

Daniel got a BA in theology from Southern Nazarene University, and then a MA in the humanities from the University of Chicago. He likes Wittgenstein, Davidson, Germans, and McDowell.

Daniel Linsenbardt

Name: Daniel Linsenbardt

Office: SY 0019
Email: djlinsen at

Michael Lodato

Name: Michael Lodato

Office: SY 0019
Email: mjlodato at

Mike received a B.A. in philosophy from Holy Cross in 2014. His interests include metaphysics, the history of analytic philosophy, Wittgenstein, and the history and philosophy of science, especially physics.

Sharon Mason

Name: Sharon Mason

Office: SY 009
Email: masonse at

Sharon joined the Indiana University philosophy program in the fall of 2007 after earning a M.A. in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University. Her research is in contemporary epistemology, and her dissertation addresses a group of issues at the nexus of the theory of knowledge and theorizing about the first-person perspective. She is particularly interested in how to understand certain central motivations and arguments for internalism, the nature and epistemological significance of the first-person perspective, and the possibility of developing a unified theory of human epistemic flourishing. Other philosophical interests include virtue epistemology, the history of philosophy (especially early modern philosophy), and feminist philosophy. Also, one day she would very much like to develop and teach a course on philosophy and food.

Most of the books on her bookshelf at home are non-fiction, but she occasionally dabbles in classic literature and fantasy. She likes to garden and revels in the art of producing good food and enjoying it with others. She especially prizes a good cup of tea.

Samuel McMyler

Name: Samuel McMyler

Office: SY 0025
Email: smcmyler at

Sam received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago in 2006. He is interested in philosophy of language and epistemology, with a particular focus on ordinary language philosophy and J. L. Austin.

Kevin Mills

Name: Kevin Mills

Office: SY 0023
Email: kevmills at

Kevin has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and a Master's from the University of Western Ontario. He is primarily interested in questions about the foundations of ethics; however, often as means to that end, he is also interested in philosophy of mind, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, and logic.

Nick Montgomery

Name: Nick Montgomery

Office: SY 0023
Email: nicmontg at

Originally from Tennessee, Nick received his BA in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Classics from Roanoke College in 2009. In the fall 2010, Nick received an MA in Philosophy from Brandeis University, and began his studies at Bloomington in the fall 2011. His primary interests are in Metaphysics and Philosophy of Language, with particular emphasis on ontology, meta-ontology, vagueness and what, if any, the limits of expression for certain properties and propositions might be. He also enjoys (?) being very confused by many of the questions in the Philosophy of Religion.

Outside of the philosophy classroom, Nick enjoys comic books, television, puns, hats, table top games, hiking, inserting nonsense words into normal conversation, eating, and trying different sorts of beer.

Name: M. Morrison

Office: SY026

Sean Murphy

Name: Sean Murphy

Office: SY 0017
Email: murphyst at

I attained my BA in Philosophy and Art History from the University of New Hampshire in 2011 and my MA in Philosophy from University College Dublin, Ireland in 2013. I am interested mainly in Kant and 19th and 20th century German philosophy (especially the various receptions and appropriations of Kant's theoretical and practical philosophy). Some figures of interest from this period include Marx, Hegel, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and Adorno. Other interests include phenomenology, the philosophy of perception, aesthetics, and the work of John McDowell.

Wade Munroe

Name: Wade Munroe

Office: SY 0019
Email: wemunroe at

Timothy Perrine

Name: Tim Perrine

Office: SY 0025
Email: tperrine at

Blakley Phillips

Name: Blakley Phillips

Office: SY 009
Email: bllphill at

Krista Rodkey

Name: Krista Rodkey

Office: SY 019
Email: krodkey at

Krista Rodkey got her MSt in ancient philosophy from the University of Oxford in 2010 and is continuing her PhD on Hume's ethics. Her dissertation is on Hume's view of the relationship between ethics, politeness, and aesthetics, with a special emphasis on the connection of aesthetics to his artificial virtues. Because of her dissertation topic, she has become especially interested in the role of artifice and artificial conventions in the ethical life, particularly justice, respect for property, politeness, patriotism, and other virtues which depend on systems of human contrivance.She remains interested in ancient philosophy (especially Plato), early modern (Hume, Hutcheson, Berkeley,) and early analytic (especially Frege and Carnap). Her non-academic hobbies include reading, drawing, birdwatching, and hiking.

Paul Shephard

Name: Paul Shephard

Office: SY 0019
Email: pshephar at

I received my B.A. from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a double major in philosophy and economics, and I received my M.A. in philosophy from Northern Illinois University. My main areas of concern are epistemology, ethics, and metaphysics (specifically the free will debate). I also enjoy dabbling in other areas that often intersect with epistemology, such as philosophy of language and metaethics. Outside of philosophy, I am a rabid Buffalo Bills fan and player of every inexpensive sport.

Andrew Smith

Name: Andrew Smith

Office: SY 0019
Email: smith986 at

Andrew graduated from the University of Florida in 2013 with a BA in Philosophy and Linguistics. He is currently interested in the history of analytic philosophy, epistemology, and philosophy of language.

Office: SY 124
Email: csommerl at

Levi Tenen

Name: Levi Tenen

Office: SY 0019
Email: ltenen at

I am interested in ethics, aesthetics, and environmental philosophy. Specifically, I'm curious about our responsibilities regarding, and perhaps to, future persons, non-rational entities, non-sentient entities, and non-living entities. In my current research, I am curious about what properties natural non-living entities have that might be valuable, whether such values entail that we have a responsibility to treat such entities in a certain way for their own sake, and whether aesthetic considerations adequately justify some versions of environmentalism. In my free time, I roast coffee and enjoy cycling.

Ivan Verano

Name: Ivan Verano

Office: SY 0019
Email: iverano at

I hold a B.A. Universidad de Los Andes, an M.A. Philosophy, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá, Colombia), and a M.Sc. Logic, Computation and Methodology, Carnegie Mellon University. I am interested in formal representations of knowledge, the epistemic logics that may result, and the computational properties of said models. As a secondary interest, I often ponder the aesthetic properties of beer and similar beverages.

Harrison Waldo

Name: Harrison Waldo

Office: SY 0025
Email: hwaldo at